Yes, it's that time again for another iOS update, and Apple have released 10.2.1 today for the iPod Touch.
Whilst this isn't a major iOS update (weighing in at only 72MB) , we recommend that you install it ASAP. This update provides some bug fixes, app updates, and a range of security patches which protect your device from some malicious malware (Find the full details From Apple's website here).
Updating is easy, and if you've got automatic updates enabled, it should be a piece of cake. If you don't, then it's still an easy process. Simply go to settings, then General, and select software update. It will check for an update (this takes up to 30 seconds), and it'll then display the 10.2.1 update. Hit Download & Install, and it'll move into place, and install itself onto your iPod Touch. If you've set up a passcode for your device, you'll need to enter that in before you can update.
This update is the final, public release of the initial beta, released on December 14 2016. This update brings a number of bug fixes, alongside some other worthy noteables, which include :
- Unicode 9.0 Emoji Characters -
- New wallpapers
- New Apple TV App
- Additional new camera features
- New iMessage screen effects
In terms of bug fixes, the update claims it contains a fix for the 30% bug, which causes devices to suddenly drop from 30% charge to 1%.
This new iOS update also fixes some pretty big securities holes, which affected Safari, the app store, and a range of iOS Apps. This includes two instances in which a malicious application could execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges - which basically means it could take over your entire device.
Security researcher at Malwarebytes, JP Taggart, states : “It can add files, delete files, or execute any actions.... Want to record conversations and forward them to someone else? It can do that. Want to install additional malicious software? It can do that. Want to uninstall programs on the affected phone? It can do that. Want to hide these actions, programs and files from the user? It can do that too.”
Overall, this appears to be a stable release, so you're good to go!